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Diabetes Research Institute Unites with Global Diabetes Community to Recognize World Diabetes Day
Date:11/13/2007

2006, the United Nations passed a landmark Resolution recognizing diabetes as a chronic, debilitating and costly disease. The Resolution designates World Diabetes Day as a United Nations Day to be observed every year starting in 2007.

This year's World Diabetes Day aims the spotlight on children and adolescents suffering with type 1 diabetes, the most severe form of the disease in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Without the ability to naturally produce this vital hormone, patients must take daily, multiple insulin injections to maintain normal blood glucose levels.

In many parts of the world, insulin and other necessary medical supplies for optimal diabetes management are not available. Consequently, countless numbers of children die unnecessarily from diabetes. Additionally, the longer a person lives with diabetes the higher is his/her risk for developing crippling complications, such as kidney disease, nerve damage, blindness, amputation of extremities, heart disease and stroke, among other devastating ailments.

The discovery of a universal cure for diabetes will save billions of dollars and, more importantly, spare millions of people from immeasurable pain and suffering. The Diabetes Research Institute is committed to fulfilling this mission for all people living with this disease.

About the Diabetes Research Institute

The Diabetes Research Institute, a center of excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is a recognized world leader in cure- focused research. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the DRI has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes research, pioneering many of the techniques used in islet transplantation. From innovations in islet isolation and transplant procedures to advances in cell biology and immunology, the DRI is now developing new cell-based therapies to restore insulin production. For the milli
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